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Our warmest thanks goes to Chandra whose professionalism got us over the pass but who was loads of fun too. He looked after us so well, and had a great team of lads. We all made it over the pass which was mainly due to Chandras training and advice.
Sue Charter (UK) | Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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What is the difference between camping and teahouse lodge trek?

In Nepal there are three regions of the country (Everest, Annapurna and Langtang) where there is an extensive network of lodges known as teahouses. A teahouse lodge will have private bedrooms (often only with plywood walls separating rooms) and a dining room with wood or yak dung burning heater to keep the communal areas warm at night.  

There is a menu with a range of food items such as dal bhat (Nepali dish rice and lentils with vegetable curry), momos (very tasty Tibetan dumplings filled with vegetables, cheese and canned fish etc) and the famous Sherpa stew. It is also possible to get international type food such as spaghetti and pasta dishes; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice. For breakfast there is porridge, muesli, cornflakes, chapattis (locally made bread) and a range of egg dishes.

There is a range in quality, standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location i.e lodges at higher altitude and places with lower trekker traffic tend to have more basic facilities.

Whereas in the more remote regions of Nepal there is no network of teahouse lodges although sometimes there will be a few basic lodges they are located too far apart to be able to link together for a lodge only trek. For a camping trek we bring in a larger crew as we have cooks and helpers; more Sherpas to help with camp duties like setting up and breaking camp in the morning plus of course we need more porters to carry the extra gear such as tents, kitchen gear and food.  

We provide tents for everyone on a twin share basis however it is possible to have your own tent if you pay the single tent supplement surcharge. We only use Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 tents in Nepal these are roomy tents for two people and are very rugged tents often used on Everest climbing expeditions. We supply a mess tent with chairs for meals, kitchen tent and also a toilet tent(s).

We have several excellent cooks working with us who provide tasty and nutritious food often in challenging circumstances like at Mera Peak high camp at 5,800m! We are also known for providing good coffee on all of our camping treks, this is local purchased Nepali coffee and brewed up each morning in our Bialetti 18 cupper moka espresso machine. 

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